Louise A. Berlin

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Louise A. Berlin, 71
PORTLAND - Louise Arnold Berlin died on Feb. 22, 2018 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Beloved wife of A. Jan Berlin, MD, theirs was a true partnership full of many passions including singing choral music, gardening, theater, concerts, skiing, bird watching, bicycling, sailing their sloop Aria, hiking, canoeing and more.
She was born on Jan. 6, 1947 to Clara L. and Thomas H. Arnold in Baltimore, Md. and attended Woodlawn Senior High School. She graduated from Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences in 1969. After college, she worked in the field of ophthalmic ultrasound for 25 years. Beginning as a Research Assistant at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, she participated in groundbreaking basic science and clinical research, and went on to several national positions developing the profession of diagnostic medical sonography.
In 1980 Louise married Jan and moved to Cleveland. She founded and led the ophthalmic ultrasound diagnostic laboratory at the Cleveland Clinic for 10 years. She also co-founded the Cleveland Clinic School of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Louise served on the board and as Chair of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. She served on the board and as Treasurer of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and co-founded the Educational Foundation of the Society. Her publications include co-authoring 32 articles in medical journals. In 1988, Louise received the Pioneer Award from the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine in recognition of contributions to the development of ultrasound.
Louise moved to South Freeport with her husband in 1990. In 1995 she earned a J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law and practiced law for 10 years. She volunteered for Freeport Community Services, served on the board, and assisted in raising significant funds to build the Freeport Community Center. Louise loved music her whole life and sang in church choirs since she was six years old. In Maine, she sang with ChoralART and the Oratorio Chorale. From 2007 - 2015 she volunteered at Maine Adaptive Sports teaching visually impaired people to ski. She was an active member, volunteer and President of the Governing Board at First Parish in Portland, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
Louise is survived by Jan, her beloved husband of 38 years, her two stepchildren and their spouses and children, Bruce and Joan Berlin and their children Nicole and Clark Berlin; Brenda Berlin Post and her husband John; and her brother, James Arnold and his wife, Loretta.
A memorial service will be held at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress St., Portland on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 3 pm.
To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.coastalcremationservices.com

Memorial gifts may
be made to the:
First Parish Church
Accessibility Project
a cause Louise initiated
or to The ALS Association.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 25, 2018
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